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'''James Fenimore Cooper''' (September 15, 1789 – September 14, 1851) was a prolific and popular American writer of the early 19th century. His historical romances of frontier and Indian life in the early American days created a unique form of American literature. He lived most of his life in Cooperstown, New York, which was founded by his father William on property he owned. Cooper was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church (United States)|Episcopal Church and in his later years contributed generously to it.#Phillips|Phillips, 1913, pp. 6–7 He attended Yale University for three years, where he was a member of the Linonian Society, but was expelled for misbehavior.#Lounsbury|Lounsbury, 1883, pp. 7–8 Before embarking on his career as a writer he served in the U.S. Navy as a Midshipman, which greatly influenced many of his novels and other writings. The novel that...
Birth date{{Birth date|1789|9|15|mf=y}}
Birth placeBurlington, New Jersey
Death date{{death date and age|1851|9|14|1789|9|15|mf=y}}
Death placeCooperstown, New York
OccupationNovelist, Historian, and US Navy sailor
GenreHistorical fiction
Notableworks''The Last of the Mohicans''
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